Taft Timberwolf Newsletter

Week of April 3, 2016

From The Principal's Desk

Students in grades third, fourth and fifth will take the Wisconsin Forward Exam. The Exam will cover reading, writing, listening, and mathematics. In addition fourth grade will take a science and social studies exam. The calendar of events at the bottom of the Smore has testing dates and times along with the exam subject.

Please make sure your child goes to bed early the night before their exams and eats a quality breakfast, try to include protein the morning of testing. Students need to be on time for school during the exam days as they will not be able to join their class if testing has started. There will be limited movement in the halls for all students, staff, and visitors as we want to provide the best testing environment for our Timberwolves.


Congratulations to our spelling bee runner-up, Katelynn L. and winner, Mandy M.

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Hello Music Parents:

1. Concert

As I am sure you have seen in the Neenah Music Parent's Newsletter, on your child's practice card and in school newsletters, our spring concert is fast approaching. On Monday, April 18th the Taft Musicians will be sharing their music with the school at 2:25. They should then return to school by 6:15pm for our 6:30 concert for parents in the Taft gym. Dress code for both events is Neenah Musician's T-shirts and nice pants or skirt. NO BLUE JEANS please.

After the concert we will have a reception celebrating our musician's hard work. If you can contribute to the festivity (no obligation to do so), please let me know what and how much you will bring so that I can better plan what I need to add. We can use finger foods (nothing needing utensils please), soda or juice.

2. Schedule

This week is a short week of school. Taft musicians will have their lesson on Monday morning 3/21.

3. Scholarships

The Neenah Community band is offering scholarships to music students in 5th through 11th grade to help with costs for music camps, summer lessons and Smart Music subscriptions See the attachment for more information. Applications must be returned to me by April 21st.

Please contact me with any questions.

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Free “Parenting the Love and Logic Way” Refresher Course Offered

Parents who have previously participated in the Love and Logic course will have the opportunity to participate in an upcoming two-day refresher course.

The free course will be held April 28 and May 5 at Hoover Elementary School from 6-8 p.m. It is open to parents with background knowledge of Love and Logic. Parents may have gained knowledge through a former course or through reading/listening to the Love and Logic materials. The seminar is designed for parents who want to continue their journey with Love and Logic and are looking for some refresher skills.

Registration is required and space is limited to the first 40 participants. Contact Katie Kessen-Checki at kkessenchecki@neenah.k12.wi.us or 751-6960 ext. 13116.

Suzuki String Talent Education

The Neenah Joint School District will be offering beginning and continuing Suzuki String Talent Education on the Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass to elementary school students in grades two through five during the '16 - '17 school year.

This after-school program is provided by the NJSD for students and their parents to attend. The only cost to the participant is the rental of the string instrument and lesson books. A limited number of String Basses are available for rent through the school district at a reasonable rate. A limited number of Scholarship Violins and Violas are also available for students on free/reduced lunch; first come, first served.

Enrollment in the Neenah Joint School District Suzuki Program is limited, please register via e-mail ASAP.


Step 1: Register your child via e-mail by April 15, 2016

E-mail Jennifer Falk (jfalk@neenah.k12.wi.us) to be placed on the registration list.

Please provide your child’s full name, grade, school, parent/guardian name(s), and contact information (telephone number and email address)

Step 2. Attend the Demo Recital/Lesson Scheduling Meeting on 4/18 or 4/19

Attend the one hour Demonstration Recital and Lesson Scheduling Meeting on either Monday, April 18 or Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Shattuck Middle School Auditorium.

This meeting is required for all parents/guardians wishing to enroll their children as beginners in the NJSD After-School Suzuki Talent Education Program for the 2016-2017 school year.

Parents/Guardians will submit a request for their preferred after-school lesson days/times and will be scheduled in the order that their initial Suzuki registration (see #1 above) was received.

Current Suzuki student families do not need to stay for the enrollment meeting.

If you have any questions you wish to have answered before enrolling your child in our program, please do not hesitate to email Jennifer Falk at “jfalk@neenah.k12.wi.us”. Thank you!


Jennifer Falk - NJSD Suzuki Program Coordinator

The 2016-17 Open Enrollment Application Period is February 1, 2016 – April 29, 2016.

If you have or are planning on moving out of the Neenah Joint School District prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year and wish to continue in a Neenah school, you should complete an Open Enrollment application. The Department of Public Instruction strongly recommends that parents complete applications on-line at: https://oe.dpi.wi.gov or by visiting our website at http://www.neenah.k12.wi.us/ - “Open Enrollment Information”. Paper applications may be obtain at the Administration Building located at 410 S. Commercial Street, Neenah.

The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 29, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.

Please note:

· Parents of students currently attending Neenah on Tuition Waivers will receive an additional notice reminding them of the Open Enrollment requirements to be able to continue in Neenah.

· Neenah Joint School District does not require accepted non-resident students to reapply under the open enrollment policy when the non-resident student enters school.

A non-resident student may be required to reapply only once.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Mary Braemer at (920)751-6800 ext 10102 or stopping by the Administration Building.

Calendar of Events

4/6 - grades 3rd-5th Forward Exam 8:30-11:00 - Reading Test

Report cards go home

4/7 - grades 3rd-5th Forward Exam 8:30-11:00 - Reading Test

4/8 - grades 3rd-5th Forward Exam 8:30-11:00 - Reading Test

4/11 - grades 3rd-5th Forward Exam 8:30-11:00 - Math Test


PTO 6:30 in the cafeteria

4/13 - grades 3rd-5th Forward Exam 8:30-11:00 - Math Test

4/14 - grades 3rd-5th Forward Exam 8:30-11:00 - Make-up Test

5th grade Fire Prevention program

4/15 - 4th grade Forward Exam 8:30-10:00 - Science Test

4/18 - 4th grade Forward Exam 8:30-10:00 - Science Test

Spring Instrumental Music Concert 6:30pm

4/19 - 4th grade Forward Exam 8:30-10:00 - Social Studies Test

Friday schedule

4/20 - 4th grade Forward Exam 8:30-10:00 - Social Studies Test

4/22 - No school for students

4/25 - 4th and 5th grade, state representative visit at Taft

Taft Elementary School

Our mission is to support Taft families in their journey toward academic, social, and emotional success within a safe environment. As a team, we will guide, support, and provide direction to empower one another to become lifelong learners and respectful members of a community.